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2012 Volkswagen Beetle
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
The Beetle is based on the Golf, a car that offers a superb balance of comfort and superior driving dynamics. However, the base Beetle has been stripped of its multilink rear suspension and excellent electric power steering. Instead, there's a less sophisticated torsion-beam setup in the rear and overboosted hydraulic power steering. Power for the base car comes from the 170-hp five-cylinder that is peppy but somewhat gravelly at high rpm. If you're really interested in the sportier character that Volkswagen is hyping, you want the Beetle Turbo, which is much more true to the GTI that inspired it. Steering weight is superb, the suspension is firmer without being jarring, and prodigious power comes from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The base Beetle uses a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, and the Turbo raises the engagement factor with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic that delivers crisp, speedy shifts. The interior features slick body-color accents and the simple, intuitive controls that Volkswagen is known for. The bud vase of the first New Beetle is gone, but there's an optional second glove box high on the dashboard as a nod to the original Beetle. There's enough headroom for six-footers in the rear but only enough legroom for small children. The Golf and the GTI offer slightly better driving dynamics and more practicality, but if you're a sucker for style, the Beetle is a smart small car with substance beneath the surface.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo And 2012 Nissan Juke Parked
Allow us to stop you before you even begin. We're well aware there are many other turbocharged compact cars on the market that can out-gun the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, and the 2012 Nissan Juke SL and cost about the same amount of money. We've praised the now-arriving Ford Focus ST, tussled with the hairy Mazdaspeed 3, and named the Volkswagen GTI our Automobile of the Year twice in the past five years. Why look elsewhere for forced-induction fun?
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Shark Observation Cage Side View
Volkswagen is setting the standard for unconventional advertising -- the automaker is planning to create a shark observation cage fashioned after the 2012 Beetle. The Beetle cage will be used in the 25th-annual Shark Week on Discovery that airs August 12-16.
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Rear Three Quarter
Volkswagen has announced pricing for the third version of the new Beetle: the diesel-swilling Beetle TDI will start at $24,065, after a $770 destination charge. The 2013 Beetle TDI goes on sale in August.
Beetle Fender Edition Right 1
The production version of the Volkswagen Beetle Fender will debut at the Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig, Germany starting June 2 alongside the Scirocco GTS, CC R Line, and CrossPolo Urban White concepts. Only the Beetle Fender has been announced for the U.S.
2012 Abt Volkswagen Beetle Left Rear
Although offered with an optional turbocharged engine and even the ultra-rare VR6-powered RS model, the previous-generation Volkswagen New Beetle could never quite totally shake its “chick car” image. The 2012 model has a shape and styling designed to appeal to a broader demographic, with VW specifically targeting a greater male market share. But if VW’s factory options aren’t distinctive or aggressive enough for you, German tuner Abt has you covered.

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
170 hp @ 5700rpm
Torque:
177 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Maintenance
36,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
TIRES
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BEETLE VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SUMMER TIRES THAT FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 110 "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS" AND 139 "NEW PNEUMATIC TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES."
Consequences
DUE TO AN ERROR AT THE FACTORY, THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE PRODUCED WITH SUMMER TIRES THAT ARE POSSIBLY NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS 110 "TIRE SELECTION & RIMS" AND 139 "NEW PNEUMATIC TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES." IN ADDITION, CUSTOMERS MAY BE UNAWARE THAT THEIR VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH SUMMER PERFORMANCE TIRES. SUMMER TIRES HAVE DIFFERENT GRIP AND PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS. THESE ISSUES MAY LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT TIRES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
83
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles, manufactured from February 2012, through August 2012, and equipped with leather sport seats. If the right front passenger seat gets wet, the occupant control module may not properly detect the presence of a child restraint installed in the seat.
Consequences
If the control module does not detect a child seat installed, the airbag will not turn off. If the airbag does not turn off, in the event of a crash necessitating front airbag deployment, a child secured in the child seat may be at an increased risk for serious injury.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and replace the control modules, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
2,471
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, to November 30, 2012, and 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles manufactured March 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. The durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed, such as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash.
Consequences
The reduced durability of the trailing arm may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture, free of charge. The recall began April 7, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Potential Units Affected
442,066
Notes
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.


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